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Putting Marijuana DUI in Perspective

A new meta-study published this month concluded that driving after using marijuana doubles the risk of a car crash, and opponents of legalization are already touting this as a reason to keep the drug illegal. Yet before there's a public uproar for stricter marijuana DUI laws, it's important to put …

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World’s largest study on same-sex parents finds kids are healthier and happier than peers

Children raised by gay parents are doing just as well, if not better, than the general population<p>A cross-sectional study of children raised by gay couples, the largest of its kind, found that the kids are all right -- and are, by some measures, doing even better than their peers. Conducted by …

We are a clueless nation: America’s congenital blind spot on Iraq

As our military contemplates Iraq again, we’re beset by unchallenged magical thinking — and a dangerous narcissism<p>We celebrate our national identity on the occasion of Independence Day. In our patriotic narrative we always see ourselves as heroic and selfless, advancing universal freedom and …

IPCC Surer Than Ever About Human-Caused Climate Change

But the international panel of experts is less sure how that will affect people in specific places.<p>What debate? A recent draft of an international consensus report offers stronger-than-ever evidence that global warming is driven by human activity. The report also adjusts its expectations for …

Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.<p>People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health …

A Mathematical Model Of Gun Control Means We Can Finally Argue Over Data

UC Irvine researchers have published a model to predict how gun control affects homicide rates.<p>As highly debated as the topic of gun control is in America, there's almost no research into the causes of gun violence or how to prevent it. Until recently, there was a virtual gag on gun violence …